Intercultural Indigenous Choreographers Creation Lab | House Program

About the Program

This three-week lab for intercultural Indigenous choreographers and dancers focuses on re-embodiment and Indigenous voice. Departing from the belief that the body is the site of emotional, cultural, political, and spiritual history, the lab supports the exploration and creative development of personal voice and physical vocabulary. The program will explore the intersections of identity, movement, and creation.


THE RETURN | World Premiere

Choreography/Direction: Jacob Boehme
Choreography/Performers: Asalia Arellano, Kristy Janvier, Nimikii Couchie, Bella Mason

We hold the memories of our ancestors. We call in the memories of our mothers, our fathers, our grandmothers and our grandfathers. We call on our old people, the ancient ones. We dream in our descendants, the rising ones. We work, we rest, we heal. We prepare the waters. We plant the seeds. We honour the land. This is the return. 

- Company statement


The Return is a culmination of 3 weeks of collective performance making using the Memory in Movement Technique (MiMT), which I have been developing over the past 13 years. MiMT is based on the Mem-o-gram methodology gifted to me by Philippe Genty and Mary Underwood. We invite and welcome you into our process and thank you for your support. 

- Jacob Boehme


Miskwiin - ᒥᔅᑸᓐ | World Premiere

Direction/Choreography: Waawaate Fobister
Performers: Edan Porter, Kiara Malcolm, Shana O'Brien, Marcus Merasty

Drawn to post-apocalyptic era, which is very real for my community Grassy Narrows. The devastation we feel is apocalyptic. I was interested in exploring blood memory / DNA and time travel within the Anishinaabe existence. I wanted to explore specific imagery that have been engraved in my memory; from stories that I grew up with told from my grandparents and parents; from the various wildlife in action that I personally witnessed; from the pictographs that live on the cliff sides of the waterways back home. These are the beginnings of these explorations. Hope you enjoy! 

- Waawaate Fobister


Indigenous Arts is generously supported by:





Banff Centre Staff

Director | Indigenous Arts Reneltta Arluk
Program Manager | Indigenous ArtsAllison Yearwood
Technical Manager | Performing Arts ProductionPeter Eaton
Program Coordinator | Program OperationsDynise Brisson
Production CoordinatorMeghan Borthwick
Assistant Head of Lighting | Performing Arts Production Darrell Shaw
Lighting Technician Practicum | Performing Arts Production Shireen Norouzi
Assistant Head of Sound | Performing ArtsCharles Culver
Sound Technician Practicum | Performing Arts ProductionBranden Boyd
Stage Carpenter | Performing Arts ProductionDave Miller
Stage Carpenter | Performing Arts ProductionTom Heemskerk
Staging Technician Practicum | Performing Arts ProductionDana Achtem